Stone Row

The stone row at Eightercua was certainly one of the most impressive sites we visited on our trip to Kerry. Along with the stone circle at Uragh it was also one of my personal favourites. The row is aligned in an ENE-WSW direction and is about 7.5 metres (25 ft) in length. The tallest of the stones is 2.7 metres high. There is evidence of a horseshoe shaped enclosure stretching out from the end stones in a southerly direction. It is presumed that this may have been a ritual site dating back to 1700 BCE.

The diameter of the enclosure is about 15 metres and may have had a low wall around the perimeter. There is also another low slab running to the south at a right angle to the row, which is thought to have formed part of a cist or part of a support for an altar. We hope to visit more of the megalithic sites in this area on our next visit. There are numerous early Christian sites scattered around this area, these include Church Island on Lough Currane.

Looking north west

Lough Currane in the background

Folklore: It is said the stones mark the burial place of Scéine who died at sea just before the Milesians landed in Ireland. She was the wife of Amergin mac Miled a bard and judge for the Milesians during their conquest of Ireland.

Situated: About 1.5 kilometres south of Waterville on the eastern side of the N70. We found the owners of the land very friendly and most helpful.

Discovery Map 83 : V 5116 6469. Last visit July 2011.

Longitude: 10° 9' 31"  W

Latitude:  51° 48' 53" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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